Patient Update 17th December 2021

Dear Patients,

There have been so many changes in the last week that it has been hard to keep up.

Covid Vaccines

The removal of the 15-minute observation period following the administration of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is very significant. It has meant that many of the sites which you can book through the National Booking Service now have far greater capacity.

All adults can now book their vaccine through the National Booking Service either online or by phoning 119.

Young people aged 16 or 17 can also book their second dose through the National Booking Service.

Children aged 12 to 15 who have an underlying health condition or live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable can also book through the NBS.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable, if you have not already had a third dose contact the NBS as you can book now and have the booster later.

Please can we encourage anyone who has not yet had their booster or any other dose, to do so as soon as possible. The sooner everyone has had a booster vaccine the sooner we can get back to an almost normal way of life.

We are awaiting confirmation of when we will receive more vaccines at the surgery, but it will not be until later in January, so please do not wait. Many of you are nervous about going in to Reading Town Centre, but please be assured that the vaccine site at the Broad Street Mall is phenomenally well organised with no queues. They have stopped a walk-in service to prevent the formation of queues.

Staff Absence

We have tried as far as possible to continue offering a normal service at the surgery and for GP appointments offering a choice of either telephone or F2F consultations. In recent weeks however there have been many staff who have had to work at home because a household member has contracted covid (usually children). To ensure the safety of patients and staff the rules that we must follow are slightly different to that of the general population. There have been times when we have had to tell patients with very little notice that their appointment has had to be changed to a telephone consultation. We are sorry for this and understand it can be frustrating but please try to bear with us as we are trying very hard to maintain a good service despite Covid infections.

We have paused all Spirometry examinations until the rates of infection settle down again.

Prescriptions

Christmas is coming up, so please make sure you have ordered your medication in plenty of time and don’t run out at the last minute.

Christmas

We would like to wish all of our patients a happy and healthy Christmas and thank you all for the cards and lovely sweet treats you have given us.

Surgery Christmas Opening Times

Friday 24th December 08:00 – 18:30
Saturday 25th December Closed
Sunday 26th  December Closed
Monday 27th December Closed
Tuesday 28th December Closed
Wednesday 29th December 08:00 – 18:30
Thursday 30th December 08:00 – 18:30
Friday 31st December 08:00 – 18:30
Saturday 1st January Closed
Sunday 2nd January Closed
Monday 3rd January Closed
Tuesday 4th January 08:00 – 18:30

Out of hours

Please visit NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 for all medical advice or 999 for emergencies.